The Montana Rangeland Resources Committee and the Rangeland Resource Program at DRNC will provide a unique opportunity for three students the summer of 2022. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to spend 2 weeks at each of the 6 host/mentor’s ranch operations.   


Montana Working Lands Internship Program

This internship is designed to offer beginning agriculturalists, natural resource and range specialists, biologists, soils majors or any student looking into natural resources, the real-world and hands-on experience implementing the educational tools already gained to a ranching operation. This paid internship will last for three months during the summer where interns will work and learn from mentoring ranchers from across the state of Montana. A monthly wage will be paid with room and board provided by the mentoring/host ranch.  

Students majoring in any natural resource related field are recommended to apply for this opportunity.  

Please note that the Internship Program is not designed solely as a working ranch hand position, but students will be responsible to help in any way possible throughout the summer doing various chores that are necessary for daily ranch operations. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about rangeland monitoring, plant and weed identification, rotational grazing, ranch economics, erosion control, habitat conservation and much more.

There will be two parts to the application process for the Internship Program: approval of the application and a 2 part interview. 

How to Apply

Intern Application Deadline:  February 1 of each year.  

Internship Application

Informational Flier

Host/Mentor Applications (word) (pdf)

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An experience of a lifetime!
Networking with ranchers, agency personnel and more 
Hands-on working lands experience in a ranch environment 
Free housing, plus wages 

 Working Lands Internship Program Flyer


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Stacey Barta
Stacey Barta
Program Manager
Rangeland Resources